Saturday, August 20, 2016

Appetizing Aperture: Tin Lizzy's Margarit-O

Tin Lizzy’s Cantina introduced Senor Mojito to Senorita Margarita, and they hit it off so well a Margarit-O was born. The hybrid mixes the best of both cocktails: 1800 Silver, Agavero orange liqueur, house-made mint simple syrup and sour mix. Join the family for $8 a glass, $29 for a pitcher.

Rick Blumberg Joins Marlow’s Tavern to Lead Adult Beverage Program

Marlow’s Tavern welcomes Rick Blumberg as manager of adult beverage, research and development and purchasing. The former beverage director for Bacchanalia Restaurant Group totes 23 years of restaurant management and beverage experience to the neighborhood tavern bar program. Blumberg looks forward to getting to know guests in Marlow’s more casual and relaxed atmosphere after his years in the fine dining scene. Along with creating new beer, wine and cocktail menus, he will assist Georgia and Florida locations with beverage purchasing, beverage purveyor relationships, budgets and inventory systems. Blumberg delights in training staff on new products and rolling out creative cocktails, and he’s already hard at work adding unique spirits and upgrading the “soon-to-be-classic” cocktail program and beer and wine selections. The industry veteran wears an impressive résumé including management positions at The Optimist, King + Duke, Woodfire Grill, Abattoir, Restaurant Eugene, Holeman and Finch Public House, Emeril’s and Morton’s The Steakhouse in Atlanta. He’s fine on wine, having completed the first two levels of certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Visit your favorite Marlow’s Tavern location and raise a toast to adult beverages today.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Georgia Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hosts Harvest for a Cure Food and Wine Gala October 20

It’s year three for Harvest for a Cure, an extravaganza of gourmet food, vintage wines and a luxury raffle benefiting the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, an organization that supports research to help treat and end MS globally. Eighteen of Atlanta’s most talented chefs and pastry chefs, 15 sommeliers, three mixologists and at least a dozen Atlanta wine collectors are already collaborating to pair culinary creations with wines from the personal cellars of top local wine collectors for the delicious evening. Guests will sample food and wine pairings at stations spread throughout the contemporary galleries of Mason Fine Art. Returning participants include chef Derek Dollar of Milton’s Cuisine & CocktailsGunshow mixologist Mercedes O’Brien and Aria chef Gerry Klaskala and general manager/wine director Andrés Loaiza. Aria pastry chef Kathryn King joins her teammates. By using the all new MS Wine Event app, attendees will be able to access event details and raffle item information throughout the evening. All funds raised help improve the lives of those living with MS by sponsoring local programs and services and accelerating worldwide research programs to eradicate the debilitating disease. Visit the Harvest for a Cure website for sponsorship and donation opportunities.

What’s New on Pinterest: Better with Bacon

Shining like a glistening beacon, Better with Bacon proudly prepares the cured meat crowd for National Bacon Lovers Day on August 20. It’s nigh on impossible to refrain from building a bacon-Tater Tot breakfast pizza, sweet potato bites with bacon and avocado or bourbon-bacon meatballs. The flexible, smoky swine rolls and crisps around carrots and asparagus, cannoli tubes for ricotta and chocolate-stuffed baconnoli and hops aboard with chicken inside lasagna rolls. Bacon jam – you’ve seen it on restaurant menus, now make your own! Those honoring Elvis’ departure day on August 16, should make something “The King” would love: Elvis bacon bites with bacon, bananas and peanut butter. Hard to keep that bacony goodness under wraps, unless you’re putting it in one.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Farmer Fund 2017 Calendar Boasts Andreas Müller on the Cover. See All at Calendar Launch Party August 22

Pin up a local chef or farmer and get first dibs on seeing and buying The Farmer Fund 2017 calendar by attending the 2017 Calendar Launch Party on Monday, August 22, at The Cathedral of St. Philip. Can’t miss the cover shot of Andreas Müller, executive chef of Revival. Inside, more local chefs and farmers pose for intriguing monthly views. Sales of the annual tongue- and toque-in-cheek calendar provide ways for the Atlanta-based organization to support and keep farmers farming in the face of natural disaster. Guests at the 5:30-10 p.m. launch will fill up on chow and beer from local restaurants and breweries, while flipping through their own copies of the 2017 calendar. Plus, they’ll be the first in town to have a chance to buy more calendars for $20 each, and they’ll be privy to the outtakes and fundraising auction. Buy tickets at, $65 per person ($68.27 with service fee).

Revival and Eddie’s Attic Harmonize a Gospel Brunch Sunday, August 21

Eddie’s Attic in Decatur is resurrecting the classic Gospel Brunch this Sunday, August 21. Otis Redding III and Atlanta blues legend Mudcat & the Atlanta Horns croon while guests swoon over a buffet table of Southern faves from Kevin Gillespie’s nearby Revival restaurant. Buffet is priced at $20 per person (beverages, tax and gratuity not included). Doors open at noon; show begins at 12:30 p.m. For the show, general admission tickets are $20 each or purchase table seats in multiples of four for $20 per seat (tables filled day of show on first-come, first-served basis). Praise be, you’ll find the menu and more info on our blog.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

See Joey Ward of Gunshow at Morningside Farmers Market Chef Demo August 20

Joey Ward has been a Gunshow kitchen dude ever since chef Kevin Gillespie opened the Glenwood Park restaurant in 2013. While Ward is now Gunshow’s executive chef, he’s still a kitchen dude at heart, and he loves to share his creative culinary passions with restaurant guests, other restaurant chefs and farmers market-to-home-table shoppers and chefs. Ward leads the 9 a.m. chef demo on Saturday, August 20 at Morningside Farmers Market. Want more? Make reservations to sup on Ward’s innovative cuisine at Gunshow that evening.

Elvis has Entered the Building and is in the Elvis Room at Johnny's Hideaway

The “King of Rock and Roll,” 20th century icon Elvis Presley, left this earth on August 16, 1977. Yes, we know. We’re all shook up, too, thinking back to the legacy of hit singles, albums and films this sideburn-studded dude cranked out during his hip-swiveling career. Relive the King’s glory days by visiting the “Elvis Room” at Johnny’s Hideaway in Buckhead. Visit the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling memorial whenever Johnny’s is open. It’s a heck of a lot more ATL Uber accessible than Graceland in Memphis. To really honor Elvis, order a cheeseburger (one of his favorite foods) and ask the DJ to spin “Jailhouse Rock” or “Hound Dog” – we’re pretty sure “Are You Lonesome Tonight” doesn’t cut it on Johnny’s rocking dancefloor.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ray’s Rio Bravo Salts Anniversary Month with Half-Price Margaritas and Mucho Menu Specials

For Ray’s Rio Bravo, a cupcake and candle don’t do justice to anniversary numero uno. Half-price house margaritas? Now you’re talking fiesta. Through August 31, Ray’s Rio Bravo guests can down 12-ounce house margaritas for $3.50 each – all day, every day. And how about some tacos to go with the toasting? Two-way tacos and a plate of three shredded chicken tacos, both priced at $9.95, top the list of anniversary menu specials. Chicken and steak sizzle in 2-way fajitas served over a bed of sautéed onions and peppers with lettuce, guac, pico, El Machino flour tortillas, rice and refried beans for $19.95. Those preferring Southern to Southwestern can delve into the Southern fried chicken and crispy salad fixings of the Church Lady fried chicken salad with cool buttermilk ranch dressing and a little fried jalapeño heat ($9.95) or gnaw on a half rack of baby back ribs, slow-smoked and glazed with house-made barbecue sauce and sided by rice and refried beans ($14.95). Bravo for this boatload of lunch and dinner specials, available in the dining room and bar – and let’s not forget those half-price house margaritas.

5Church Atlanta Corners Midtown Brunch at 14th & Peachtree

First dinner, then lunch, now 5Church Atlanta adds weekend brunch to its mouthwatering Midtown agenda. Brunchers get the added benefit of choosing morning-ish fare or lunch menu favorites. Settle in and share the cured and smoked fish platter, which also nets crunchy oatmeal crackers, Vidalia onion whipped cream cheese and lemon ($14). Preacher’s Breakfast blesses traditionalists with three eggs, stone-ground grits, house-made sausage and braised greens ($12). Those raising hands for lunchy options can hoist a 5Church lamb burger decked out with red onion marmalade, Gorgonzola fondue and arugula plus hand-cut fries ($14) or cut into the Southern fried steak with whipped Yukon gold potatoes, two eggs sunny and wild mushroom-black pepper gravy ($14). Sippers range from mimosas and sangria by the glass or carafe to bloody marys. Saturday and Sunday brunch hours 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and 5Church validates parking in the Colony Square deck.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Pinterest: More S'mores, Please!

Watch out Mr. Stay Puft, National S’mores Day is August 10, and we’re busting out the marshmallows, chocolate and grahams to make More S’mores, Please. These three lowly ingredients are s’more than hot in nachos or a skillet cookie cake and equally at home frozen in s’more ice cream. They’re elegant in no-bake s’more truffles, warm and gooey in three ingredient turnovers and diet savvy in gluten-free miniature pies. Hot days, sip them in milkshakes and segue to s’mores hot chocolate cocktails by the fire pit this fall. Send campers off with s’more party goodie bags and welcome them home with a two-tier camping cake complete with a graham cracker tent. Campfire optional, happy campers guaranteed.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

#Foodgram: New Fork City

Have fork, will travel. New Fork City stimulates appetites for delectably doughy treats and all kinds of good eats. Browsing this gobbler of a gallery on an empty stomach is living dangerously, kind of like shopping the grocery when hungry.